- a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What's the boss' mood today?
- a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal.
- a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude: the country's mood.
- a frame of mind disposed or receptive, as to some activity or thing: I'm not in the mood to see a movie.
- a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper.
Origin of mood1
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- a set of categories for which the verb is inflected in many languages, and that is typically used to indicate the syntactic relation of the clause in which the verb occurs to other clauses in the sentence, or the attitude of the speaker toward what he or she is saying, as certainty or uncertainty, wish or command, emphasis or hesitancy.
- a set of syntactic devices in some languages that is similar to this set in function or meaning, involving the use of auxiliary words, as can, may, might.
- any of the categories of these sets: the Latin indicative, imperative, and subjunctive moods.
- Logic. a classification of categorical syllogisms by the use of three letters that name, respectively, the major premise, the minor premise, and the conclusion.
Origin of mood2
Examples from the Web for mood
And what he said on June 5, 1985 fits the mood of the moment three decades later.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
By Alex Orlov for Life by DailyBurn Do dark, chilly days make your mood cloud over this time each year?
Prepare for takeoff, because quality vacation time will certainly boost your mood.
And for those seeking a quick fix: Studies show that light therapy can spur a mood lift in just several days.
According to Kostick, while awaiting a van to transport Stewart to the nearest police station, his mood changed.Before Eric Garner, There Was Michael Stewart: The Tragic Story of the Real-Life Radio Raheem
December 4, 2014
He was no longer in a mood to counsel fight, even though he disliked to submit.
Wild, Quixotic notions of sacrifice flooded his mood of dejection.
In such a mood I wonder why everybody does not write poetry.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
She returned and sat again at the table, and the mood vanished in weariness.Weighed and Wanting
Mrs. Roberts was not in the mood to argue; she was bent on information.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- a temporary state of mind or tempera cheerful mood
- a sullen or gloomy state of mind, esp when temporaryshe's in a mood
- a prevailing atmosphere or feeling
- in the mood in a favourable state of mind (for something or to do something)
- grammar a category of the verb or verbal inflections that expresses semantic and grammatical differences, including such forms as the indicative, subjunctive, and imperative
- logic one of the possible arrangements of the syllogism, classified solely by whether the component propositions are universal or particular and affirmative or negativeCompare figure (def. 18)
Word Origin and History for mood
"emotional condition, frame of mind," Old English mod "heart, frame of mind, spirit; courage, arrogance, pride; power, violence," from Proto-Germanic *motha- (cf. Old Saxon mod "mind, courage," Old Frisian mod "intellect, mind, intention," Old Norse moðr "wrath, anger," Middle Dutch moet, Dutch moed, Old High German muot, German Mut "courage," Gothic moþs "courage, anger"), of unknown origin.
A much more vigorous word in Anglo-Saxon than currently, and used widely in compounds (e.g. modcræftig "intelligent," modful "proud"). To be in the mood "willing (to do something)" is from 1580s. First record of mood swings is from 1942.
"grammatical form indicating the function of a verb," 1560s, an alteration of mode (n.1), but the grammatical and musical (1590s) usages of it influenced the meaning of mood (n.1) in phrases such as light-hearted mood.
- A state of mind or emotion.